Bristol City Council adopts the Healthy Weight Declaration, with Partner Pledges signed by five local NHS organisations

Bristol City Council adopts the Healthy Weight Declaration, with Partner Pledges signed by five local NHS organisations

Today (Wednesday 5th February), Bristol City Council officially adopted Food Active’s Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight at a launch event with over 150 people in attendance.

The council’s Declaration was supported by Partner Pledges from five local NHS organisations, including Sirona Health and Care CiC, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, North Bristol NHS Trust and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust . Signing of the Declaration is helping to drive the ‘One City Approach’ to improving levels of healthy weight in the city, working in all sectors and with partners all across Bristol.

Mayor Marvin Rees said:

Where people live, work, shop, go to school and exercise all play an important role in their weight. As part of this new initiative, Bristol City Council has committed to taking action as a whole-city. Rather than telling citizens what to do to maintain a healthy weight, the focus of the Healthy Weight Declaration is to create environments which make it easy for people – regardless of age, background, circumstance or where they live – to access affordable, healthy and sustainable food as well as an active lifestyle.

Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health, said:

Food Active’s Director of Research Robin Ireland was in attendance and delivered a speech to congratulate the council and highlight the need to continue the momentum. Bristol is now the second local authority to adopt the Declaration in the South West, brining the tally of adoptees up to a fantastic 23.

Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active, said:

If you would like to get in touch to find out more about how the Declaration could be adopted in your local authority, please contact or call 0151 237 2686.

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